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Thamesmere Leisure Centre

Thamesmere Drive, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8RE

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 21:30.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 21:30.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 21:30.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 21:30.
  • Friday 07:00 - 21:30.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 16:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Thamesmead.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Abbey Wood.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the back of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 310cm x 500cm (10ft 2in x 16ft 5in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 65m (71yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 72m (79yd) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 400.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the centre.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located from the road down to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Reception (Leisure Centre)

  • The desk/counter is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are security barriers to the right of the reception desk.
    • The barriers have clear glass doors.
    • The standard gates are 55cm wide.
    • The wide barrier is 89cm wide.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the fitness suite.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Swimming Pool

  • There is level access from the changing area to the swimming pool.
  • There is not a ramped entrance into the water.
  • There is a wet side chair available.
  • There is not a hoist for wheelchair users to access the water.
  • There are steps into the swimming pool.
  • There are 5 steps.
  • There is a ladder type entrance into the water.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the ladder.

Fitness Suite

  • Access to Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite is located to the right after reception.
    • The fitness suite is 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the fitness suite.
    • There are doors into the fitness suite.
    • The doors open towards you (pull).
    • The doors are double.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.
  • IFI Accredited Fitness Suite View
    • The fitness suite has attained IFI level one.
    • A number of staff have received IFI Mark standard Disability Equality Training.
    • IFI accredited equipment is available.
    • For example: upright cycle.
    • IFI equipment includes the power plate and an arm curl machine.
    • A portable hearing loop is available for induction.
    • Staff are not trained to use the portable hearing loop.
    • There is clear manoeuvring space between equipment.
    • There is not level access to all of the equipment.
  • Comments View
    • Some of the equpment is located on a platform one medium marked step up from the general floor level.
    • A portable ramp is available to overcome the step.
    • A supportive seat with backrest and seat belt is available for the rowing machine.

Accessible Changing Room (Female - Wet Side)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The accessible changing room is located in the female wet side changing area.
  • There is an identical facility in the male changing room.
  • The facility is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The width of the door is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 235cm x 250cm (7ft 9in x 8ft 2in).
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 148cm (4ft 10in).
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • Wall mounted rails are available.
  • The toilet seat is 49cm (1ft 7in) above floor level.
  • There is a sink.
  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the sink is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
  • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.
  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • There is not a locker within the accessible changing room.
  • There is not a changing bench.
  • There is a wheel in shower.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 55cm (1ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • There are no hand drying facilities in the cubicle.
    • A Radar key (available from staff) is required for this room.
    • There are lockers available within reach of a wheelchair user in the general changing area.
    • Between the female and male changing rooms are unisex school / group changing rooms.
    • One of these has a free-standing moveable changing bench 180cm long (photograph 3).
    • The bench is height adjustable.
    • A radar key is also required for this room.

Standard Changing Room (Male and Female - Wet Side)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the pool.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located at the end of the main foyer.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.
  • Comments View
    • There are accessible and family-sized changing rooms within the separate male and female wet changing areas.
    • There are baby changing benches 70cm high within some of the larger cubicles.

Standard Changing Room (Male and Female - Dry Side)

  • There is a/are standard changing room(s) available.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the reception desk.
  • The standard changing room(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the fitness suite.
  • The standard changing room(s) surveyed is/are located to the right of the foyer after the reception.
  • There is level access to the standard changing room(s).
  • Shower facilities are available within the changing room(s).
  • There is level access to the shower facilities.

Accessible Toilet (Foyer)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the far left of the foyer.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from staff.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 330cm (4ft 9in x 10ft 10in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The unisex toilets that were surveyed are located to the left of the foyer.
    • The unisex toilet(s) is/are 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the unisex toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the left hand unisex toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard toilets within the male and female wet and dry side changing rooms.
    • There are additional 70cm high baby changing benches within the wet side changing rooms.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.